Train Sim Update for Android is now Live! This update features:
- Added New Alternative Paint Scheme for Pacific Surfliner
- Added Interior View for Pacific Surfliner passenger car
- Added Christmas Tree as a placable item in Custom Environment Level
- Added new Tarp Wrapped Car
- Fixed Stephenson Rocket Reverse Wheel Animation
- Bug Fixes
Work on the new Train Sim upate continues. This time I added new alternative paint scheme for the Pacific Surfliner Train. Coming Soon to Train Sim!
Train Sim Update is getting deployed to all supported ecosystems (iOS, Windows Store, Mac Store, Amazon, Android),
What’s new in this update?
Completely redesigned rail system that allows me to produce fully 3 dimensional tracks as well as full 3D Electrical Wires. So far only the rails are rendered in full 3D, the sleepers or (crossties) are still just a 2D texture, mostly for performance reasons on mobile. However as mobile devices get faster, I will easily be able to extend this to full 3D sleepers (crossties) at very little effort.
In fact, I can now place any 3D object along or on the rail continuously or in spots. This opens many new possibilities in the future to allow Train Sim to grow well into the next decade.
Why did it take so long?
This was a complete redesign of a key system in Train Sim that affects every level. The rail system is so core to the game that updating it required rewriting other key systems such as track switching, track connections, train controller, wagon controller etc. Don’t even get me started on testing, every train wagon, track connection and level had to be tested. And then when a bug is found, it had to be fixed and re-tested again.
Once the 3D model is complete my next focus will be to add the Pacific Surliner to Tran Sim as fast as possible.
This month I am celebrating Train Sim 20th Millionth download on Google Play! That is 20 million of unique Google Play (Android) users that were kind enough to download Train Sim to their mobile devices. For perspective, 20 million users is more then the population of countries like Romania, Netherlands, Greece and Portugal. When I started this project more then 5 years ago I had no idea that it would be enjoyed by so many people. I am so thankful for the continued support of all the Train Sim fans over the last 5 years. I am looking forward to the next 5 years of continued improvements & development of Train Sim. I can’t wait to see what the next 5 years will bring.
Train Sim Update for Android is now Live! Enjoy the new Shinkansen Bullet Train, new Rolling Stock and many Improvements & Bug Fixes. As always the update for the other platforms to follow very soon.
This month I am working on a new California Coast Level for Train Sim. Work is going well, I did allot of experimenting but I think its coming along nicely. The new level will have a greener coast area and a more desert like theme further away from the coast. Here is a short preview video of the coast area including a beach. Coming Soon to Train Sim
Work Continues on Train Sim as I am in the process of rolling out the second update in less then a month. The main focus of these 2 updates was getting regular train wagons/cars to properly connect to shunting cars found on side tracks. I have to admit this turned out to be allot more difficult then I originally thought. After 2 updates I believe that I worked out all the major bugs and you should be able to build larger trains as shown in the above video.
While I was busy working on connecting cars the drivers decided to construct a Hand Car. This beauty is now available in Train Sim at an amazing top speed of 10 mph.
Although in most updates, Trains are the main feature, adding interesting rolling stock is also important. The above train wagon with a full 3D interior is now also available in Train Sim.
Over the next week or so I will be rolling out these awesome updates to all platforms including Mac OS, Windows Store, Amazon, iOS & Android
After that I hope that the new 300 Series Shinkansen 3D model will be done so I can begin working on adding it to Train Sim